Custom-Made Clothing & Accessories

A style manifesto: When it comes to style, if compromising is a virtue, then we'd rather be bad. These days, we want exactly what we want, something made just for us. We don't want to see it strutting past us in the club, making the rounds on MUNI or kicking it in the park. We want it to fit our bodies, our personalities and our budgets. And we won't take no for an answer. Luckily, we don't have to.

Updated: April 04, 2008

Personalized Apparel


Adorna Bella

552 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

For dramatic accessories that double as works of art, head to this gallery-like North Beach boutique, whose interiors abound with unique baubles from local jewelry makers and designers. Everything here is one-of-a-kind, and the shop regularly works with clients to create custom jewelry for weddings, anniversary gifts and other important milestones.


My Trick Pony

742 14th St, San Francisco, CA 94114

Those middle-of-the-night ''that would make a great t-shirt'' ideas become reality at this Mission shop, which custom prints t-shirts and other wearables according to patrons' whims. Whether you walk in with an original design or a nebulous idea, the savvy folks here will work their magic to transport your vision from its home inside your head onto the fabric of your choice.


April In Paris

55 Clement St, San Francisco, CA 94118

When money is no object, this Inner Richmond atelier delights with luxe leather goods handcrafted by owner Beatrice, who earned her chops working on the likes of the iconic Kelly bag during her 14 years with Hermes. Now she turns out custom bags, briefcases, belts and wallets in her workshop using techniques that are hundreds of years old. But her style is anything but old-fashioned. Case in point: the alligator-skin iPhone case, a recent addition available in hues from orange to electric blue.


Al's Attire

1314 Grant Ave, San Francisco, CA 94133

Wrap up in a coat made just for you at this North Beach shop, where patrons pick from available fabrics and styles or create their very own with help of the eponymous owner and his team. Though perhaps best known for vintage-inspired outerwear, Al and crew also whip up all manner of women's and men's apparel (many a local groom has walked the aisle in one of Al's suits) and tailor pre-existing garments.


Dark Garden

321 Linden St, San Francisco, CA 94102

Prepare for instant sex appeal with a custom made corset from this downtown destination, which welcomes men, women, fetishists, fashionistas and curious brides-to-be with equal aplomb. Available in fabrics from patent leather to silk brocade, corsets are fit to each client's waist and hips using 14 different measurements. The result is a stand-out cincher that's sexy, yet never suffocating.